Volcano tremors in Bali: protecting animals after eruptions

26 September 2017

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano is likely to erupt, threatening the lives of people and animals on the island

People have been evacuated from a 12-kilometre exclusion zone around Bali’s Mount Agung – though some are now returning to save their animals, who in many cases are their livelihoods.

Volcanoes cause a variety of hazards that can kill and injure people and animals.

World Animal Protection is advising owners of pets and farm animals to move their animals to a designated safe place if it is safe for them to do so. Volcanic ash is toxic and can linger for a long time, so animals should be brought inside or into closed shelters to protect them from breathing or ingesting it.

Local food sources may be contaminated and unfit for animals to eat if they are coated with volcanic ash. Animals’ feed should be covered and they should always have access to clean drinking water.

In some cases it is not safe or possible for owners to bring their animals with them. We’re advising owners to leave them enough food and water for 72 hours, and shelter from the elements.

Helping animals in Indonesian volcanoes

In January and February 2014, we came to the aid of animals in the ash-covered wasteland around Sumatra’s Mount Sinabung. Sinabung had been inactive for 400 years, but began erupting nearly constantly (50-100 times a day) in September 2013.

World Animal Protection’s Dr Naritsorn Pholperm examining an evacuated cow while Sinabung volcano continued to erupt. © Gembong Nusantara

We evacuated larger farm animals and facilitated the evacuation of many more, helping approximately 750 animals. When they were safe in designated evacuation areas, we provided them with emergency feed.

We also helped animals affected by Mount Merapi’s eruption in late 2010, which was one of the deadliest in recent history. We evacuated and treated around 7,000 animals at the time, giving their distressed owners hope for the future.

With your help, we’re on the ground when animals need us most. When disasters strike, your support means we can be there for animals in their moment of urgent need. Please give to our disaster fund today and find out how to protect your pet in an emergency.

Main image: Sinabung Volcano erupting in 2014. © Gembong Nusantara

With your help, we’re on the ground when animals need us most. When disasters strike, your support means we can be there for animals in their moment of urgent need.
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